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Reinvestment Needed to Protect Residents’ Rights

(Washington, DC) – The United States Congress should appropriate sufficient funding to allow local public housing authorities to fully address the growing backlog of repair needs, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the US Senate Committee on…
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Reverse Decades-Long Assault on Right to Join Unions; Curb Inequality

(Washington, DC) – The United States Senate should pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act), five human rights and labor groups said today in releasing a question-and-answer document about the issue. The Senate should seize on a once-in…
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Reveal How Asylum Seekers at Border Were Short-Changed on Rights

(Washington) – Two years after the implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as the “Remain in Mexico” program, newly released government records reveal US immigration agencies’ efforts in 2019 to rapidly deport thousands of…
Migrants seeking asylum wait in line with their case paperwork to meet with an attorney on Oct. 5, 2019, during a weekly trip by volunteers, lawyers, paralegals and interpreters to the migrant campsite outside El Puente Nuevo in Matamoros, Mexico.
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Follow Eviction Moratorium Extension with Financial Relief, Other Measures

(Washington) – Federal and state governments in the United States should move promptly to strengthen housing protections for renters during the Covid-19 pandemic, including with additional financial relief, Human Rights Watch said in a question-and-…
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Poverty Rising; Millions More May Soon Face Hunger, Eviction

(Washington, DC) – The United States Congress should strengthen and pass another round of Covid-19 emergency relief before existing protections expire, Human Rights Watch said today. One million new unemployment claims are being filed each week in the…
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GitHub Rejects Challenge on Tool used to Preserve Videos of Abuses

(New York) – A decision by GitHub, a leading software development platform, to reinstate a popular free software tool for downloading videos, means that human rights groups will be able to continue to use the software without interruption to preserve…
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New Law Threatens Workers’ Rights in US, Globally

(Los Angeles) – The passage of Proposition 22 in California is a blow to the rights of gig workers, effectively stripping them of the state’s minimum wage guarantee, paid sick leave, and other protections, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International…
Rally in California calling for the passage of Assembly Bill 5, a law that sought to provide wage and labor protections to gig workers.
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Vote ‘No’ to Hold Companies Accountable for Minimum Wage, Other Labor Rights

(Los Angeles) – Californians should vote No on Proposition 22, a ballot measure that would eviscerate minimum wage and other labor rights protections for the state’s grocery app workers, Human Rights Watch said in a video released today. By rejecting…
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Human Rights Watch Testimony to US House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee

(Washington, DC) – The United States government should take bold steps to end human rights violations and structural racism driving racial disparities in Covid-19 and spurring mass protests across the country, Human Rights Watch said today in written…
Healthcare workers at Brooklyn's Kings County Hospital show their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement during the coronavirus pandemic, New York, June 4, 2020.
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Executive Order Targets Companies that Displease Government

(Washington, DC, May 29, 2020) – President Donald Trump’s May 28, 2020 executive order, Preventing Online Censorship, is a profound attack against online freedom of expression globally, Human Rights Watch said today. The executive order aims to…
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Full, Fair, and Free Electoral Process at Stake in Federal Trial

(Miami, Florida) – Florida will need to ensure the voting rights of all citizens in the state, including those convicted of felonies, regardless of how a United States federal court rules in a trial that begins on April 27, 2020, Human…
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Targeted Payments, Housing Protection, Medical Coverage; Strong Oversight Critical

  (Washington, DC) – Future COVID-19 relief packages in the United States should be targeted to meet the basic needs of those most in distress, Human Rights Watch said today. Three previous packages passed by Congress fell short of…
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Insufficient Corporate Oversight; Long-Term Measures Needed

  (Washington, DC) – The United States government’s US$2 trillion economic package passed in response to COVID-19 contains important protections but will leave many low-income people unable to afford life necessities, Human Rights Watch…
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Cost of Coronavirus Care Could Lead to Crushing Medical Debt

  (Washington, DC) – The United States government should ensure that the costs of treatment for COVID-19 are not a barrier for anyone to access health care, Human Rights Watch said today. The potential financial burden resulting from…
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Virus Outbreak Highlights Structural Inequalities

(New York) – The COVID-19 outbreak in the United States has put a spotlight on economic inequalities and a fragile social safety net that leaves vulnerable communities to bear the economic brunt of the crisis, Human Rights Watch said today. US…
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Requires Companies to Disclose True Ownership

  (Washington, DC) – The United States Senate should pass a proposed law that would provide law enforcement a crucial tool for stemming corruption and advancing human rights, 10 human rights organizations said in a letter to…
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EPA Proposal Effectively Subsidizes Coal Plants

(Washington, DC)—The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to significantly weaken rules governing coal ash, a toxic byproduct of burning coal, poses a serious threat to public health and will make air and water…
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Weakened Protections from Abusive Collectors, Reduced Oversight

(Washington, DC) – The Trump administration’s proposed rule on debt collection companies in the United States would severely undermine protections for consumers, Human Rights Watch said today. The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB)…
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Increased Line Speeds for Hog Slaughter Risk Injury, Death

(Washington, DC) – A Trump administration final regulation announced on September 17, 2019 to allow increased slaughter line speeds in hog processing plants in the United States threatens to put workers in grave danger of serious…
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Deregulation Will Worsen Hazardous Conditions

Trump administration policies threaten to worsen the already dangerous conditions for meatpacking workers in the United States, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Trump administration is weakening oversight of chicken, hog,…
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